Most folks are familiar with St Anthony's School even if you had studied at other schools because it is a landmark along Repok Road. There was no fence around it then. Fronting Repok Road were tall casuarina trees with needle like leaves. The trees were rumored to be haunted. If you looked up at night, the mist formed an eerie white translucent layer. The more than 40-year-old trees were chopped on 15th May 1984.
Before 1974, the school was mainly made of rustic wood (even the doors & windows). The main block at the front was built in 1955. Does anyone remember that huge tree (see top left picture) next to the canteen?
The renovation introduced cement & glass panelled windows. Spot the small path leading from the front block to the Demonstration Room Block. Check out the flag poles in front of the assembly area.
"10 TAHUN SARAWAK MERDEKA DALAM MALAYSIA"
Sarikei had the priviledge to host the Governor's birthday in 1974. An Anthonian arch in front of the school (more elaborate than the above) was built by the students. Part of a casuarina tree was shown. The forest in the background is now the Police quarters. Who owned that lovely classic car? Austin Morris? Vrooom!
Sarikei St Anthony's School 1974 - Library
The library was poorly resourced but in those days, something was better than nothing. Check out the old trophies on top of the shelves and those twisted ribbons. The caption in the photo was done using a nolstagic type writer. No PCs then. Bill Gates? Who?
Sarikei St Anthony's School 1974 - Chemistry lab class in Science BlockThe Science Block was built in 1960 with funds that Father Rottinghuis got from his mother. Chemistry lessons were often fun. Mr Lopez was a long serving chemistry teacher there before he retired in 1980. Dont forget the chemistry lab assistant lady who prepared all the chemicals that you played with. Can you recall the name of those long measuring glass tubes in the picture? As for the lady student with the thick horn rimmed spectacles, your glasses are back in vogue again in the 2000's!